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George Gilder

George Gilder

I'm sure lotsa you guys are a lot smarter than me on this topic, but George Gilder dishes some reality for big tech in his new book Life After Google.

Here's an interview of him talking about his book and the future of blockchain...

This, from the Amazon summary

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: "Nothing Mr. Gilder says or writes is ever delivered at anything less than the fullest philosophical decibel... Mr. Gilder sounds less like a tech guru than a poet, and his words tumble out in a romantic cascade."

“Google’s algorithms assume the world’s future is nothing more than the next moment in a random process. George Gilder shows how deep this assumption goes, what motivates people to make it, and why it’s wrong: the future depends on human action.” — Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and Palantir Technologies and author of Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

The Age of Google, built on big data and machine intelligence, has been an awesome era. But it’s coming to an end. In Life after Google, George Gilder—the peerless visionary of technology and culture—explains why Silicon Valley is suffering a nervous breakdown and what to expect as the post-Google age dawns.

Google’s astonishing ability to “search and sort” attracts the entire world to its search engine and countless other goodies—videos, maps, email, calendars….And everything it offers is free, or so it seems. Instead of paying directly, users submit to advertising. The system of “aggregate and advertise” works—for a while—if you control an empire of data centers, but a market without prices strangles entrepreneurship and turns the Internet into a wasteland of ads.

The crisis is not just economic. Even as advances in artificial intelligence induce delusions of omnipotence and transcendence, Silicon Valley has pretty much given up on security. The Internet firewalls supposedly protecting all those passwords and personal information have proved hopelessly permeable.

The crisis cannot be solved within the current computer and network architecture. The future lies with the “cryptocosm”—the new architecture of the blockchain and its derivatives. Enabling cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ether, NEO and Hashgraph, it will provide the Internet a secure global payments system, ending the aggregate-and-advertise Age of Google.

Silicon Valley, long dominated by a few giants, faces a “great unbundling,” which will disperse computer power and commerce and transform the economy and the Internet.

Some things I found interesting:
- For how old he is and as old as he appears, he's incredibly lucid.
- Wealth = Information. We have the same natural resources we had 300 years ago, but now we have information to utilize the resources more efficiently.
- "Cloud computing" just means instead of storing your information on your desktop at home, it's stored with everyone else's in warehouses around the country with huge cooling systems. It's still very finite. (I know we all know this already, but it's a good perspective.)

I found it compelling because I don't get into the weeds with Bitcoin blockchain, etc...but it sounds like this will be in the near future. I'd be curious how it will apply to most people's lives, but I haven't read the book.

I'd be curious what you guys think.

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

George Gilder

Cloud computing is a psyop designed to get people to give up control of their own information.

The only positive aspect about it was the Fappening.

“The greatest burden a child must bear is the unlived life of its parents.”

Carl Jung

George Gilder

I think everyone wants this crypto enabled decentralization thing to happen but I doubt that it will happen. The big companies are not going to let go of their power and decentralized systems have too many federation problems to outcompete big tech on features. The big companies will acquire or crush the upstarts and nothing will change unless the state intervenes.

Even if we do get crypto decentralization there are trust issues with the backdoors built into all our consumer devices and the state+corps will have enough of a compute power advantage against regular people that they could break our codes anyway. You can out-encrypt big cracking machinery but then you are slowing your own service down and will lose users to big tech due to speed. I like the idea of crypto but it wont save us from big tech.

Advertising and privacy problems, I don't know. I think you are starting to see subscription fatigue in media providers and it could get worse when more of the web puts up paywalls. I could imagine lots of paywalls entering into network alliances under a single subscription, or maybe a blanket royalty association for online content that works like music licensing in bars and restaurants. But then you are being censored by your paywall subscription bundle provider instead of google, and that service will belong to big tech anyway. It will be a strange internet fragmented by subscription providers and those non-carried sties will fade away when the browsers start downranking them into oblivion.

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